Central Baptist Church
Monday, May 20, 2013
worship. grow. share. all to the glory of God
Welcome to Central Baptist Church
In August 1986, a small group of believers consisting of 10 adults and 11 children, led by Pastor Alan McAlister, began meeting in the basement of the Optimist Building on Ruin Creek Road in Henderson, North Carolina. In May 1987 the small congregation constituted as a church. The constitution was approved, and Central Baptist Church became a part of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The young church soon began to grow. New members joined the Central fellowship each week and before long the congregation had outgrown the basement facility. A decision was made to purchase the Optimist Building and modify the facility to accommodate the growing church. The upstairs was converted into a sanctuary and several classrooms were added. As modifications to the building progressed, church leaders and members began to pray about God’s will for the permanent location of Central Baptist Church. In 1992, a 200 seat capacity sanctuary was added in the top floor of the Optimist Building and in 1998 the schedule was expanded to include two morning worship services.
During these years of growth, a parcel of land located at the corner of US-158 Business and Ruin Creek Road became available, and was purchased by the church. In 1998 plans were made to construct a 4-phase campus for worship, instruction, fellowship and outreach. In 1999 the church broke ground for its new sanctuary building, and in December 2000 the first worship service was held in the church’s current sanctuary facility. Soon after an education building was also added to the property and in May 2009 a fellowship building was added.
In July 2006, God called the McAlisters to leave Central and Henderson after 20 years of faithful service. God continued to work in the lives of those at Central and bless the church and on November 4, 2007 Pastor Steven Harris along with his wife Heather and son Matthew were called to minister to, and pastor the Central “flock.” For a little more than 3 years Pastor Steven and his family faithfully served God in their ministry at Central. God used Pastor Steven and his ministry to bring many to Christ and to progress the ministry and mission of Central Baptist Church. The church continues to move forward and in December 2012 called their Lead Pastor, Dr. Randy Mann, his wife Melanie and children Joshua, Caleb, and Abbie to minister at Central.
God has richly blessed Central and it continues to grow. Central had always maintained an emphasis on missions and sending believers into the world to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The same God who planted Central Baptist Church in 1986 desires to continue to reach people in Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren county areas and to minister to the needs of thousands worldwide. God is unlimited and unchanging. May Central continue to worship God, grow together, and share Jesus Christ all to the glory of God; moving forward with this promise, “…that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1 :6)